It has been talked about a lot in small pockets, and this year we are going to enforce the separation of the bar bill. It makes a lot of sense as many of the ever-changing group do not drink or do not drink as much as others. While I am personally happy to enjoy two or three pints the finer diners prefer wine, and those pushing the boat right out will enjoy a couple of bottles of wine paired with their meal, dessert wines, ice wines, port and brandy, you name it. If you are off the sauce (due to pointless detox or medication), or are tea total, or pregnant (it happens) if the bill is shared evenly for food and drink you could well feel your wallet being lightened to the tune of £30 per head due to other people’s booze habit.
Now this is not a sleight against those who do like to partake, a meal is what you want to make of it, and if you like, or are accustomed to the finer things in life then you should absolutely not curtail your desires to amuse your bouche. It is a simple question of fairness, something the English are sticklers about.
And so to the mechanics. It has been suggested that we could ask for a separate bar bill. This is simple and would deal with the fact that quite a few of the so-called gastropubs we go to have table service for all diners and there is no option to adopt the stance of simply (and personally my favourite) of ordering at the bar.
We shall see how it goes. I am sure all the questers understand the need to do this for the sake of fairness, and I know everyone will be happy regardless.